Railroad police encourage safety around tracks in Weiner

Railroad police encourage safety around tracks in Weiner

WEINER, AR (KAIT) - After a number of train versus car, truck and tractor accidents in Weiner, Union Pacific Railroad Company and local law enforcement want drivers to be safe at the tracks.

If drivers crossed the railroad tracks in Weiner on Wednesday, they may have noticed a few people watching closely.

Union Pacific Police Department along with Arkansas State Police, the Poinsett County Sheriff's Department and Weiner Police Department teamed up to encourage safety along the tracks.

John Hauer, Union Pacific Railroad Police Senior Special Agent II, joined law enforcement officers along Highway 49 to write citations to those breaking the law and share safety advice with drivers.

Hauer said this is his main tip for every driver.

"Anytime there could be a train coming, and we want you to think train at all times when you come to the tracks," Hauer said. "We want to keep you safe. We want you to go home. We don't want you to be complacent and nonchalant."

Hauer said they do UP Cares events like this often in hopes of putting a stop to accidents.

Most importantly, Hauer and other law enforcement officers on scene said drivers must follow the law and pay attention to keep accidents from happening.

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